Singapore opens new Cyber Defence School
- February 24, 2019
Singapore has opened the new Cyber Defence School (CDS). It’s expected to train 300 specialists in cyber security skills.
The Ministry of Defence stressed that people and technology make up the core of MINDEF/SAF’s cyber defence capability.
MINDEF/SAF said that they created the uniformed Command, Control, Communications and Computers Expert (C4X) vocation for military personnel, and Defence Cyber Expert (DCX) job specialisation for non-uniformed personnel to develop a highly skilled cyber workforce.
According to the ministry, the C4X and DCX personnel will work together with cyber NSFs (Full-time National Servicemen) to defend MINDEF/SAF’s systems. The CDS will serve as the centre for cyber defence training and education across MINDEF/SAF.
“Today, the SAF is using networks and a networked force to fight. So inherent in this approach is the use of high-end technology and digital means. This allows us to multiply the effectiveness of our forces. But at the same time, it also opens up us to being attacked by cyber means. This is why we have set up these cyber capabilities in order to defend our systems, to ensure that our systems are resilient against these attacks and that we are operationally ready so that we can protect our sovereignty and give peace of mind to Singaporeans,” Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Heng Chee How said.